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Safeguarding practice in residential schools

The Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (the Inquiry) has asked us (the National Centre for Social Research), together with our partner ResearchAbility and drawing on support from the NSPCC, to carry out research into safeguarding practice in residential schools. The study will explore awareness, understanding and experiences of safeguarding practice among school staff, students, parents and in local authorities. The research aims to identify and share best practice and areas for improvement.

It is important to note that this project is being carried out and managed as part of the Inquiry’s research programme. No schools currently involved the Inquiry’s legal investigation into residential schools will be invited to take part in the research. Rather, the aim is to contribute to the investigation by providing research evidence on current safeguarding practice in residential schools, as well as contributing to the wider evidence base in this area. Schools and local authorities will take part in the research anonymously and will not be named in the findings.

The study will explore practice in identifying, reporting and responding to child sexual abuse amongst residential schools.

Participating schools will be asked to complete a survey about the recording and reporting of incidents of child sexual abuse. Confidential research interviews will be conducted with staff, pupils and parents at these schools. We will also speak to local authority staff about how they work with residential schools in relation to safeguarding and child sexual abuse.

Improving understanding of this important area through research would increase the opportunities schools have to learn from the experiences of others; allow staff, parents and children to share their views; and ultimately improve the processes for protecting children.